As you go about your weight loss program, there are some key mistakes that you need to watch out for and ensure never enter your weight loss picture. Some people think they are doing everything ‘right’, but really, they’re making an error with one that’s entirely costing them the success that they deserve.
There is a lot of controversy over various factors that make up a successful weight loss workout and diet program so by taking a closer look at some of these factors and setting the record straight you can be sure they won’t stand between you and your goals.
Let’s have a look at the biggest weight loss mistakes that you might be making.
Dieting For Extended Periods Of Time
The very first weight loss mistake that you might be making that you should do a good self check on is dieting for extended periods of time. While it is true that you will have to use a reduced calorie diet in order to see results, take those calories too low for too long and you’ll be in trouble.
The body naturally will slow its metabolic rate any time you’re reducing your intake for more than a couple weeks, which is why it’s imperative to implement diet breaks every so often.
These will help to ‘reset’ the metabolism so that you never hit that weight loss plateau that causes you to throw your hands up in frustration.
Two days off your diet after every 4 week period can quickly boost your success rate dramatically. Plus, it’ll give you a good psychological break as well.
The second thing that you must make sure you’re not doing is exercising daily. You hear so much about being more active and how important it is to hit the gym regularly.
But, keep in mind that there is such a thing as too much activity. In order to make progress with your program you must give your body the rest it needs to repair the broken down muscle tissues as that’s actually when you’re getting stronger.
If you’re exercising too much without this down time, not only will you start to lose lean muscle mass, but you’ll also likely experience inflammation in the body, making you appear puffy looking rather than lean.
One day off per week is mandatory on all workout programs – don’t forget to add this into yours.
Using Bodyweight As Your Guide
Another critical error many of those seeking rapid weight loss do is use the scale to determine their progress.
This is a big problem because the scale isn’t going to tell you the completely picture. Sure, it will tell you if your weight is moving downwards or not, but it doesn’t state why the shift is occurring.
Are you losing muscle mass? Fat mass? Water weight?
There’s no way to tell with the scale. For this reason, you need to toss the scale to the curb. Instead, go by how you look in the mirror, or if you can, have a body fat test taken. That will be a far more productive method to really assessing your progress.
So there you have three top weight loss mistakes that far too many people are making that you really must avoid if you hope to see good results.
Are you making any of these?